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|08-20-2014 06:48 PM|
Originally Posted by wolfstraum View Post
|08-20-2014 06:45 PM|
Thanks everyone ..alot of you commented so this is for all.
Some of you made me feel upset with my selfe for trying to get the best out of my boy and not understanding .but thats what I get good advice and it makes me understand alot more .makes me step up and try harder kinda like the saying you "fall down you get up and come much much better" I really appreciated ..
Im not alone in other words. .
To answer some of you questions he is my first gsd every .
Thats why I freak out and ask alot of questions but ok I wount give up and now I understand that he is young and its a little harder for them to get it ..its just that at home he is the smartes and outside hes like 50 %..
I am going to the park just the 2 of us so I can train him there and see how it goes ..
THANKS TO EVERYONE I NEEDED THIS
|08-20-2014 04:31 PM|
Agree with your dog being a baby.
But, serious trainers don't take their dogs to parks to let them socialize freely with other dogs. Sorry. But of course you are out with your dog and their are other dogs and people around and your dog wants to play, play, play.
Most of us take our dogs to class where they will see other dogs, under control, and working with their people. There is no puppy free-for-all. Because that is not what we are there for. When we are in a gathering of dogs and people, we want our dogs to focus on us and the job ahead of them, not thinking about how fast he can get over to the other dogs.
Taking your dog to a dog park is actually affecting your class training because the distraction of other dogs and other people is being compounded by sometimes having him allowed to run and socialize with other dogs.
Your dog will be perfectly happy if YOU are the center of his universe. He never has to play with another dog. Ever. Or if you have another dog, he can play at home with the other dog, but when he is out in the world, he is on task. Playing with other dogs out there, is kind of a human thing that we expect our dogs to want and even need. Do dogs like playing with other dogs? Sure, to a point, and some dogs. Do they need this, or even want this after they reach a certain age? They don't need it at all, and after a certain age, some dogs would rather stick within their own pack, and leave other dogs to themselves.
|08-20-2014 03:23 PM|
Originally Posted by wyoung2153 View Post
The rest of my story is that I started dragging him out and he's unloading as we go. The instructor then yelled at ME and told me I should just let him finish what he started and not have multiple places to clean up.
Some stories are only funny after lots of time has passed.
Lynn & Traveler
|08-20-2014 02:37 PM|
|lyssa62||I just had basically the same kind of post...it is embarrassing more for "ME" because I feel like a dufuss that I can't get my dog to do what she needs to be doing..and I know most of it is the way "I" am handling it... So you are not alone|
|08-20-2014 02:26 PM|
Originally Posted by robk View Post
|08-20-2014 01:23 PM|
|robk||Sometimes increasing the distance between the pups helps with the focus. As the pup's focus improves you can gradually close the distance between dogs. One thing that I have learned about dog training is to take it as slow as you need to.|
|08-20-2014 12:33 PM|
|Lilie||You have a BABY! Your baby is interested in it's world. You should be happy that your have a confident, curious little baby.|
|08-20-2014 12:17 PM|
Originally Posted by wolfstraum View Post
As an instructor I completely support, and sometimes suggest, that once a student gets instructions on an exercise, if they have a dog who is easily distracted and working on building up tolerance, that they feel free to move away from the class to work. Then over the course of each class (up to 7 weeks), they can move closer and closer. It may take 2-3 full classes for a dog to be able to work closely with the other dogs and remain focused on the handler, totally depends on the dog/handler. You have to work your dog - don't get hung up on where the others are
|08-20-2014 11:47 AM|
went back to get a sense of what your pup is (bloodline wise) and your experience with GSDs....
First off - he is a BABY!!! Don't expect so much, don't compare him to other puppies. Different types - American showlines, Euro showlines, Euro working lines, mixed bags of types - have different rates of maturity, different strengths and their owners have different expectations and goals.
NO puppy at 14 weeks old is going to be a finished product!!! Seems you have little prior experience, and bought a pup without alot of research, so we cannot predict what you have and can expect from pedigree.....What you do have is a BABY GSD and you need to chill and let him be a puppy.....classes are way too long for most puppies - they get bored, they get distracted....a 14 week old should be "trained" for 5-10 minutes at a time, several times a day, using high value goodies and lots of praise....
Yes - a strong pure working line pup might be more focused and look more advanced....chances are that the owner has more experience, that the pup is worked at home and the owner has a big edge on you as a novice....
I would suggest approaching this teacher, and asking her for some direction that is age appropriate. It may also help him if you try sitting out parts of the class in an out of the way corner when it gets tedious, just loading the pup with some play or food..
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